Edward Lurie Inscription from RJO’s Library

[Image: Autograph inscription on Edward Lurie’s biography ‘Louis Agassiz: A Life in Science’]

Edward Lurie’s definitive biography Louis Agassiz: A Life in Science (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988), inscribed to RJO on the title page, “For Bob O’Hara — | Edward Lurie 8/17/89,” on the occasion of a visit by Lurie to the Museum of Comparative Zoology Library. Louis Agassiz (1807–1873) was born in Switzerland and developed a considerable reputation as a paleontologist, embryologist, ichthyologist, and glaciologist before emigrating to the United States in 1846. He was the founder and first director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, and one of the founders of the National Academy of Sciences. Although his studies of glaciers earned him the title “father of the Ice Age,” he remained opposed to Darwin’s evolutionary work to the end of his life.

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